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Kanakis Athanasios

Athanasios Kanakis (born in 1983, Athens) is a visual artist who works with various media. His praxis starts from unusual objects, texts, situations or spaces, which he documents, explores in depth and then reduces into the form of installations, sculptures and conceptual sets. In his works, he often borrows vocabulary from architecture to stage scenes in between recognition and alienation; experiential environments in which fiction and reality meet and emerge little by little. He currently lives and works in Paris and since November 2020 is a resident at the artist association W-Atelier. After finishing his Diploma in Computer Engineering, Informatics, Computer Graphics and Multimedia (2006), he moved to Germany where he enrolled at the University of the Arts in Bremen (HfK) and gained his Degree (MA) in Digital Media / Media Art and Design and continued further with a Postgraduate Diploma (Meisterschueler) from the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK). In the past he has been granted several residencies, among others the AiR-Niederoesterreich Artist in Residence in Krems AT (2020), Est-Nord-Est, Résidence d’Artistes Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec CA (2015), AiR DordtYart Center for Contemporary Art in Dordrecht, NL (2014) selected for the Lokaal01 AiR Antwerp BE (2017) and is a laureat of Les pépinières Européennes de Création (2015). He has exhibited work in galleries and institutions such as Grace Athens, Central Library/Wall-Saal Gallery in Bremen, iMAL – Art Center for digital cultures & technology, DordtYart – Center for Contemporary Art.

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